Sunday, June 30, 2013

Letter to the Editor....About the trapper

   Dear Editor:

   My husband and I were just going to make a comment on your article about getting rid of the Trapper,

Supervisor Ponte (rancher) doesn't want to eliminate trapper?

   Does Supervisor Ponte's ranching family not want her to vote to eliminate the trapper that our tax money pays for.  We need to eliminate this waste of our tax money to help cattle ranchers.

   This money goes to pay a person who likes to hunt and kill animals an annual wage to enjoy his favorite hobby, in our opinion.

Calaveras Supervisor Callaway says don't spend, but recommends more spending

   Supervisor Callaway always talks the talk about not spending, but then outside the back of her mouth comes a $4,000,000 cost just to buy software for her favorite clerks who support her re-election campaigns.

   Do you see anything like that. We hear that her Halloween Church is already actively campaigning for her next election. Are you ready for them?

Public Works loses $300,000 to the Sheriff's Office

   Calaveras Supervisor Chris Wright recommended that $350,000 be moved to Sheriff's office

Take money out of Meals on Wheels?

   Calaveras Supervisors Budget: Supervisor Ponte recommended taking money out of Meals on Wheels during budget approval, but Chris Wright disagreed, saying that seniors depend on Meals on Wheels.  We agree with him.

Traffic Accident on Hwy 88

   June 30, 2013:  At 11:48 AM a traffic accident requiring an ambulance was reported to CHP on Hwy 88 at Cooks Station in Amador County.

   Use extra caution if traveling in that area.

Traffic Accident on Hwy 4 above Arnold

  June 30, 2013:  a traffic accient was reported to CHP at 10:45 AM on Hwy 4 at Big Trees Parkway above Arnold.

   No injuries have been reported. CHP is enroute to the scene.

Three Children struck by lightning

   When lightning struct a field at an Indianapolis summer camp, three children were injured. One is in critical condition.

Fire in Monterey County

    June 30, 2013:  The Freeman Fire in Monterey County was located off Hwy 198, 10 miles east of King City, started at around 2:30 PM yesterday, burned 105 acres before it was contained by CalFire.

Who will the Zimmerman jury believe?

   The jury in the George Zimmerman murder case will have to decide who they believe of all the

Hit and Run at Hogan

  June 30, 2013:  A hit and run was reported at South Petersburg Rd and New Hogan Parkway near the Acorn Campground at Hogan at 8:17 AM:  No injuries have been reported.

   CHP is enroute to the scene. Use caution if driving in that area.

OP-ED....Attention Calaveras County with "Neighbors from hell" and an incompetent Sheriff

   As everyone in Calaveras County is aware there are many around the county, many whom we know

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Arrest for Hit and Run

    On June 27, 2013 Connie Ann Day (55)  of Valley Springs was arrested on Mountain Ranch Rd  for alleged Hit and Run causing death or injury, a felony and Vehicular Manslaughter, a Misdemeanor.

   Day was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by Calaveras Sheriff's Deputies.

Arrest at Camp Connell General Store

   On June 23, 2013 at approximately 10:22 AM Thomas Richard Manning (60) of Camp Connell, was arrested

Fire in Rancho Calaveras

   June 29, 2013 at 3:26 PM:   A fire was just reported at Silver Rapids and Hwy 26 in Rancho Calaveras. No other details are available at this time.

LaVerne and Shirley reunite?

  LaVerne and Shirley, (Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams) are reuniting for a guest appearance on "Sam and Cat" on Nickelodeon.

Roswell, New Mexico plant to slaughter horses

   The USDA gave its approval to the Valley Meat Company in Roswell, New Mexico to slaughter horses for meat this week.

   Only aliens would eat horses, anyway, right?

Patriots cut off Aaron Hernandez totally

   In addition to cutting ties with Aaron Hernandez as far as being a player for the Patriots, the front office has announced they will not be paying one more penny of the guaranteed money in his contract; not willingly at least.

   The Patriots are even willing to take back in trade any jerseys fans bought in anticipation of Hernandez playing for the NFL since he was charged with murder.

Bruce Jenner's two daughters

   Bruce Jenner's two daughters, Kendall, 17, and Kylie 15, have set up house at Malibu for the summer.

Fire in San Bernardino County

   CalFire is still battling a fire in San Bernardino county south of Hwy 38 and Bryant Street. It was reported on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 2:30 PM.

.  Called the Mills Fire, as of today it is 350 acres and is 20% contained. They hope to have it fully contained by Sunday, June 30, 2013.

Just Love Rachel Jeantel's faces!

  George Zimmerman trial:  You have to give the feisty teenager Rachel Jeantel, credit. She got feisty with the defense attorney when he would try to put words in her mouth, or questioned her honesty.

   She even made a face at his back when he turned around.  I think she was terrific!! 

Traffic collision in Glencoe

   June 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM:  A traffic collision was reported at Hwy 26 and Deardorf Rd in Glencoe just before 8 AM.

   CHP is enroute to the scene. It is unknown at this time if there are injuries. Use extra caution in that area.

Traffic Hazard in Copperopolis

   June 29, 2013 at 6:19 AM:  A traffic hazard has been reported at Obyrnes Ferry Rd and Reeds Turnpike in Copperopolis.

   CHP is enroute to the scene. Use extra caution in that area until cleared.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Major Incident in Ebbetts Pass

   UPDATE: According to Christopher Hewitt of the Sheriff's Office the incident involved a possible suicidal subject.

   We began getting calls about a possible accident on Hwy 4 above Arnold at 3 PM. It was not a traffic accident, but much of law enforcement is involved.

  We will update you when we hear more.

Uncle Bonsai at Twisted Oak Winery

0.    For their 9th anniversary celebration Twisted Oak Winery presents Uncle Bonsai at the Red Hill Road location in Vallecito.


Traffic Accident in Valley Springs

   June 28, 2013:  A traffic collision was reported to CHP at 3:24 PM at Hwy 26 and Vista Del Lago Drive in Valley Springs. No injuries were reported.

   CHP is enroute to the scene.

Calaveras Supervisors meet Tuesday, July 9, 2013

   The Calaveras Board of Supervisors doesn't meet again until Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 9 AM.

Zimmerman was taking Mixed Martial Arts?

  Zimmerman was taking Mixed Martial Arts three times a week, and three hours a day, according to his doctor, for his obesity.

  The court was recessed until Monday morning, July 1, 2013.

Zimmerman's Doctor sent him to Psychologist

   The doctor who treated Zimmerman the next day sent him to a psychologist. He was seeing one already, and she wanted him to continue.

Zimmerman had a goatee and mustache

   A close-up photo of Zimmerman's head shows that at the time of the shooting, he had a goatee and a mustache.

   The defense is showing photo after photo of poor Mr. Zimmerman. The witness gets it. He's trying to get a different diagnosis but she is not continuing to play the game, even saying it could be the misshape of the skull, itself.

Cross examination of Medical Clinic employee

    June 28, 2013: In the Zimmerman trial, the defense is overdoing it, trying to make the jury feel sorry for the defendant and forgetting about the real victim. I think I'm going to be sick.

     He's asking the clinician to imagine all kinds of horrible head conditions and hematomas and brain damage. Oh, brother!

Zimmerman trial-medical person Colgate- called back

   They just brought the medical person who treated Zimmerman at a medical clinic back

Arguments to the Judge

The judge excused the jury while the attorneys argue about whether Zimmerman's medical records could be testified to in court. The defense says no and the state says yes.

   The defense wants only the treatment for injuries to his head the night of the shooting to be open to the court and nothing else. What is he hiding?

Officer Smith testifies--Zimmerman trial

The first officer of Sanford Police to respond was questioned over and over again by the defense about how terrible the wounds on Mr. Zimmerman's head were and didn't anyone offer to help him. Are they trying to say that Zimmerman's wounds were worse than Martin's?

Officer Smith is testifying for the state--Zimmerman trial

   July 28, 2013 at 3:15 PM EST:  Officer Smith was the fist policeman on the scene

No job, no car, no house

  Is it true that today is the last day for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in Los Angeles, and that as of tomorrow he has no job, no car and no house? Poor baby!!

EMT tech called to stand for state

      June 28, 2013:   Mr. Zimmerman did not choose to receive care from the ambulance or taken to the hospital, according to the ambulance tech.

    He had said no, that he would get help at the Police Department.  She said she did not hear him say he was dizzy, nor did she see him handcuffed or helped out of the police car.

Officer Ayala of Sanford Police Department testifies

    Officer Ayala was in charge of investigations at the time of the shooting.  "Suspicious person"

Redirect of Mamalo-neighbor

  The state asked about Mr. Zimmerman's demeanor, and he said he was coherent and calm. Did you see the shooting, as the defense has indicated? Mamalo said "NO! I came out after the shot. "

   This was a very good witness. He didn't waiver, and there were no inconsistencies in his words.

No attempt to help Martin until officer arrived

 Mamalo continued to be cross-examined. Is it true that no one attempted to  revive or help Trayvon Martin until a policeman arrived?

   He was asked about what he thought Neighborhood Watch was?  He said he felt they were just there to call 911 or remind residents to call 911 if a problem occurs, not to take the law into their own hands.

   Cross-examination of Mr. Mamalo went back over the photographs he took.

New Witness for State-Jonathan Mamalo

   After the lunch recess Jonathan Mamalo was called to the stand, another neighbor at the complex where George Zimmerman

What is Zimmerman Complaining about?

   June 28, 2013 at 1 PM est:  They just showed George Zimmerman returning to the courthouse and he started complaining, first to the attorney on his left and then to the attorney on his right about something. What?

A note from Congressman Ami Bera

    Ami Bera sent a note for everyone. It says:  "I can't tell you how pleased I was with the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA and Prop 8.

   Now the final words of our Pledge of Allegiance, "with liberty and justice for all", ring true for all Californians."

Angels Camp City Council meets

   The Angels Camp City Council will meet next Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Bret Harte High School Theater. The regular meeting begins at 6 PM after two closed sessions about litigation and labor negotiations.

   On the regular agenda is a resolution that they plan to RAISE the Greenhorn Lighting District fees. That should be fun!

Zoo rangers have to count bear noses

   A Knoxville, Tennessee zoo ranger had to county noses there, after a black bear had reportedly broken INTO the zoo from a nearby park.

   It was the first bear that they had ever seen break INTO the zoo. He left the same way he came, climbing over a fence.

Monsignor at Vatican arrested

   A monsignor who had been suspended from his job as an accountant at the Vatican has been arrested for alleged fraud, corruption and slander, according to a papal spokesman.

Colorado shooter suspect chained to floor

   The alleged shooter at the Aurora Colorado theater will wear a harness that is chained to the floor during his trial, authorities say.

Mr. Good is questioned about lying at first

   June 28, 2013:  After the defense questioned the neighbor, Mr. Good, who happens to be white, the redirect of the state asked if he was now lying or if he had lied in the beginning when he was questioned by authorities.

   He stated that a particular question had not been asked.  Now the defense is showing him his statement as written the night of the shooting. And another sidebar with the judge.

Mr. Good, neighbor testifies

 June 28, 2013:  Another neighbor Mr. Good, who was not happy to be there, is testifying for

Video Surveillance man testifying for state

   June 28, 2013:     The first witness called this morning is a video surveillance expert for the state. They are showing photos of the Twin Lakes subdivision. He stated there are nine cameras at that site.

   The cameras at the front gate were not working due to a lawnmower running over the cable. And another sidebar was called.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Redirect of Selma ????

  June 27, 2013:  The redirect of Selma ???? focused on her view of the scene over the low bushes and around the column.  She was then excused. The defense gained absolutely nothing on this one.

   The jury was excused for the day.

Cross-examination of Selma ???? at Zimmerman trial

    June 27, 2013:   The defense is asking if she thought the yells on the 911 tape were the same

Woman named Selma ??? testifying

   A woman named Selma ??? had an interpreter for Spanish and said she is an architect

With the Jury out of the courtroom...

  June 27, 2013:   The witness, Jenna Lauer, was asked by the state if she was aware that Mr. Zimmerman had a restraining

Cross-examination of Jenna Lauer

  After the police came, she went outside to talk to the police. The police asked them to identify

Jenna Lauer testifies for the state

  Jenna Lauer was living in the complex at the time of the shooting of Trayvon Martin. She stated

CHP reports traffic accident in Angels Camp

   A traffic accident occurred at approximately 11 AM on Main Street in Angels Camp, near Hwy 4. No injuries were reported.  CHP and Angels Camp Police are at the scene.

   Use extra caution if driving in that area.

NIH releases chimps

   The National Institute of Health  has begun retire most of the chimpanzees from medical research, according to a report they issued and have urged special respect for the animals.

Roger Federer defeated in Grand Slam

   A stunned Roger Federer was beaten yesterday by 116 ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round of Winbledon.

   This is he earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years.

Texas Celebrates 500th execution

  Sine the death penalty was reinstated in Texas in 1982, Texas passed a grim milestone. executing its 500 inmate.

   The state issued a press release, indicating, we feel, how proud they are of their achievement.

Defense continues to attempt to impeach star witness

  June 27, 2013:   The star witness, who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin when he was killed,

CalFire issues Zero Tolerance--Fireworks

      CalFire has released a press release stating that they will have a zero tolerance for illegal fireworks in California with the approaching 4th of July holiday.

   They say that every year CalFire responds to hundreds of fireworks-related fires that result in millions of dollars in damage, according to State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover.

Motorcycle Fatality Report by CHP

 26, 2013 at approximately 11:30 AM officer Perry was dispatched to a traffic collision that resulted in fatal injuries.

Cross-examination of key witness continues

  June 27, 2013:  Rachel Jeantel, key witness in the Trayvon Martin killing, will continue to be cross-examined today.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Beautiful Cassie needs a home

  Cassie, a beautiful tortoiseshell color, with beautiful hazel eyes, if affectionate

Woman living in garage forced to pay $4000 in RIM fees?

   It was fairly obvious from the beginning that the Board of Supervisors was taking the side of a resident who had lost her job and was now living in her garage apartment in District 2.

Photography exhibition at Hovey Winery

   From July 1 thru the 31st, 2013 Dave and Dianne Photography will be presented at the Hovey winery Tasting Room on Main Street in Murphys.

Former Patriots Aaron Hernandez arraigned

  Apparently he stood without emotion, his hands cuffed in front of him as he was arraigned for murder today, his fall from the NFL to the jail cell complete. He was denied bail while he awaits trial.

USFS says leave wood home

   The US Forest Service is asking campers not to bring wood from home into the forest, as it could have insects that can destroy our trees.

  They also request that you not bring wood into California from other states for the same reason.

Cross examination of Rachel Jeantel

   This girl put up a fight when the defense accused her of lying, etc. Good for her!

    The defense has begun cross-examination of the 19 year old who spent much of the day on the

Fatal Motorcycle Accident on Hwy 49

   June 26, 2013 at 11:35 AM:  We just spoke with a person who passed by just after a fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Hwy 49 at near the old airport in San Andreas.

   At the time he passed, passersby were attempting to revive the man with CPR. CHP arrived and declared the man a fatal accident victim.  Use extra caution in that area.


State calls Rachel Jeantel, 19 years old

     A friend of Trayvon Martin, Jeantel testified that in February of 2012, they met and became

Judge allows old calls by Zimmerman to be played

  June 26, 2013  11:10 AM:   Right now the tapes that the defense did not want allowed in as evidence are being played. The witness is a dispatcher at the police department.

   The statements are always about blacks, apparently.


Defense tries to confuse witness about who's on top

   The witness of this morning, another neighbor, who testified that the larger of the two men

Fans pick Mt. Rushmore 4 for Raiders

   If the Oakland Raider fans got to choose who would go on their Mt. Rushmore, it would be Al
Davis, owner, John Madden, coach and Howie Long and Marcus Allen as the other two. Do you agree?

Assemblyman Bigelow Appointment to Committee

According to a press release by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow's office, he was appointed to the Select Committee

Supreme Court Overturns Prop 8

    June 26, 2013:   Even though the Supreme Court effectively overturned California's Prop 8 the religious foes are still marching forward to find another way to stop same sex marriages.

   The ruling is a big victory for those who feel same sex marriages should be allowed.

Google Maps Human Pigeons

   After getting wind that the Google maps people would be taking shots of a certain part of Tokyo, a group donned Pigeon heads and "flocked" to the area.

   They lay in wait until just the right time and now they have a hilarious and lasting image to brag about. It is pretty funny!

Defense of Marriage Act struck down by SCOTUS

   June 26, 2013:  The federal law Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1996 and signed by then President Clinton, was struck down by the Supreme Court of the US this morning as unconstitutional.

Another neighbor testifies in Zimmerman case

   This morning, June 26, 2013 another neighborhood woman who heard the shouts before the killing

CalFire Arrests Arsonists

   CalFire has  reported that after a rash of suspicious fires, their law enforcement officers Tuesday,

CalTrans work on Hwy 12 in Burson

  June 26, 2013:   Caltrans is working at Hwy 12 and Burson Road today. CHP is assisting for safety purposes.  Use extra caution if driving in that area. Slow for the Cone Zone!

Marc Rich has Died in Switzerland

   If you don't remember who Marc Rich is, think back to President Clinton's last day in office as President. He issued a last minute pardon to Rich, who owned Mar Rich and Co with Pincus "Pinky" Green.

   Rich had been convicted of tax evasion and fraud. The pardon was extremely controversial. He was 78 years old when he died.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

OP-ED....Terror vs Surveillance? Keeping Americans safe in two simple steps

    by Robert Jensen

   In the frenzy over Edward Snowden's leak of classified information about government data-mining

Hit and Run Reported in San Andreas

  June 25, 2013:  At 2:26 PM at hit and run traffic accident was reported on St Charles at the Umpqua Bank.

   CHP is enroute to the scene.

A neighbor testifies for the state

  June 25, 2013:  One of the neighbors, Selene Bahodoor,  who heard and saw part of the argument between George Zimmerman

Animal on 6 Mile Road in Murphys

  An animal, most likely a cow, was reported on 6 Mile Rd near Scott in Murphys at 1:41 PM on June 25, 2013.

   CHP is enroute to the scene. Use caution is in that area.

Music in the Parks

  On July 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM to 8 PM James Faifua will perform at the Valley Springs Ballfield for the Calaveras Arts "Music in the Parks" series.

Traffic Accident with Injuries in Jackson

   On June 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM a traffic accident was reported at New York Ranch Rd and China Graveyard Rd in Jackson.

   An ambulance was dispatched due to injuries received in the crash.

Diane Smith of Sanford Police Department testifies

  Crime scene technician Diane Smith testified for the State. She is the wife of police office Tim Smith of Sanford Police Department.

Hit and Run reported at Camanche

   At 10:57 AM on June 25, 2013 a HIt and Run was reported on Camanche Parkway at Lakeview Rd. on the Amador County side of the lake.

   No injuries were reported. CHP is responding.

Hit and Run reported in San Andreas

  June 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM:  A hit and run traffic collision was reported on Hwy 49 across from the Sierra Trading Post near Hwy 26 in Mokelumne Hill.

   No injuries were reported.

Meet Sissy Dog and take her home with you?

      Sissy and her sister Missy are petit Chihuahua puppies that are about 4 months old. 

Police Sergeant Anthony Raymondo testifies

  George Zimmerman trial on June 25, 2013: A Sanford Police Department employee, Sergeant Anthony Raymondo, a 14 year veteran, was asked if he was the patrol person who responded to a call at Twin Lakes complex on February 26, 2012.

   He testified that the body was on its face with the arms underneath. The Sergeant covered the body and helped the other officer. He testified that it was raining lightly and that he found a cold can inside his pocket.


Rollover Accident near Camanche

   June 25, 2013:  At 10 AM CHP is at the scene of a rollover traffic accident that occurred on Buena Vista Rd at Camanche Parkway North on the Amador County side.

   An ambulance is transporting one person to the hospital with what is believed to be minor injuries. Use extra caution in that area.

Amplified by Heather Lynn

   The Community Covenant Church in San Andreas presents a night of musical entertainment by Heather Lynn

Zimmerman's Homeowners Association President testifies

   June 25, 2013: The President of the homeowners association where George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin's

Zimmerman Trial...State introduces more tapes

   June 25, 2013:  The state first thing this morning introduced 5 more tape recordings into evidence of calls Zimmerman had made to police.

   The defense immediately objected, and sought to have them ruled inadmissible. When they played the tapes, we think the state is trying to show that he often suspected black teens as criminals just for being in the neighborhood walking.

   The judge will make her ruling on the admissibility of these tapes tomorrow.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Summertime Arts Dinner

      On July 16, 2013 the Calaveras Arts Council will hold their annual "friends" dinner. It will be held at the Calaveras Senior Center at 956 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas at 5:30 PM.

   The cost is $16 per person and there will be entertainment after dinner. Call for reservations 743-1774.

George Zimmerman's parents barred from courtroom

    Due to the fact that the defense has placed the parents of George Zimmerman

Traffic Hazard on Hwy 49 at Cosgrave

  June 24, 2013:   There is an animal on Hwy 49 near Cosgrave outside of Angels Camp, according to a caller to CHP  at 2:53 PM. Use caution if in that area.

Opening Statements in George Zimmerman Trial

  June 24, 2013: The prosecutor opened the case with his statement saying "F***** punks!"

Tuolumne County Planning Commission Meets

   The Tuolumne County Planning Commission meets next on July 3, 2013 at 6 PM in the Board of Supervisors Chambers on Green Street in Sonora.

  On the agenda is approval of a conditional use permit for a business on Mono Way called The Game Room.

Roger M. Briski

    Roger M. Briski passed away on June 15, 2013 at UCD Medical Center in Sacramento. He was

Is Edward Snowden a Traitor or a Patriot?

    UPDATE: Monday morning June 24, 2013 reports say that Snowden is in Russia getting ready to head for Cuba and then Ecuador.

Arrest at Mark Twain Hospital

. Scott Raymond Pearse (40) of Railroad Flat was arrested at Mark Twain Hospital for allegedly Causing the harm or death of an elder dependent, Threatening a crime with the intent to Terrorize, and Assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, all felonies. Pearse was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by Calaveras Sheriff's Deputies.

Arrest for Elder Abuse

Travis William Key (34) of San Andreas was arrested on Russell Rd in San Andreas for alleged Possession of a Narcotic Controlled Substance and Causing harm or death of an elder dependent, both felonies, and for alleged Obsturcting a Public Officer and Contempt: Disobeying a court Order, both Misdemeanors. He was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by Calaveras Sheriff's deputies.

Arrest for Felony Possession


      On June 22, 2013 Darrell Anthony Hale, (25) of Dorrington  was arrested at O'Rielly Auto Parts in Angels Camp around 11:30 AM 

June 24, 2013: Please Drive Carefully! The roads are slippery!

Caution: Traffic Hazard at Hwy 4 and Pine in Arnold

Accident on Hwy 49 at New Melones

     June 24, 2013: A traffic accident was reported to CHP at 9:52 AM on Hwy 49 at New Melones. an ambulance
 was dispatched due to injuries .  Use caution if driving in that area.

Accident in Valley Springs area

   June 24, 2013:  A traffic accident was reported to CHP at 9:21 AM that had occured at Warren Rd and Evergreen Rd in Valley Springs.

    An ambulance is enroute due to injuries. Use extra caution if driving in that area.

Sierra Sentinel Pet Tip of the Week

   Here's a tip for pet owners in the Mother Lode area. This is fire season. Are you ready in case you

CalTrans work in San Andreas

   CHP is assisting CalTrans while they work at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Mountain Ranch Road today in San Andreas. Use extra caution in that area.

Traffic Hazard on Hwy 49 in Mokelumne Hill

   A traffic hazard, some type  was reported at 6:30 AM on Hwy 49 in Mokelumne Hill. CHP is enroute to that location.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Angels Camp City Website working?

  Councilmember Jack Lynch mentioned a problem finding  a form on the City's website. Well,

Angels City Planning Commission gets some new blood

    The Angels Camp City Council appointed two new Planning Commissioners at their last meeting. If you get a chance to watch the video it is very telling.
   Jack Lynch was the only one who voted to keep the same old commissioners and voted NAY all by himself.

    Stuart Raggio made the motion to appoint Patsy Gonzales and Scott Behiel instead of the longtime incumbents Gary Croletto and Christy Riesman.  Congratulations! 



Suspicious person in dumpster at Ebbetts Pass Hardware

   On June 22, 2013 a caller reported a blonde male going through the dumpster at Ebbetts Pass Hardware on Blagen Rd in Arnold, and talking to himself.

Suspicious Remains Found above Murphys

   On June 22, 2013 the Sheriff's Office received a report that suspicious remains were found. A deputy determined that they were animal on Northwood Dr above Murphys.

Intoxicated Person on Horseshoe in Hathaway Pines

   The Calaveras Sheriff's Office was called about an intoxicated person causing a disturbance on Horseshoe Drive in Hathaway Pines on June 22, 2013.

   No arrest was made or citation issued.  We think we know that filthy racist drunk who lives in that subdivision! He should be locked up and the key melted down.

Theft at Town Square in Copperoplis

   A theft of jewelry was reported to the Sheriff from a store at Town Square in Copperopolis on June 22, 2013.

   It is not know if there is a suspect at this time.

Gary Caldwell is right about Wildlife killings

During the budget hearings, Gary Caldwell spoke up about the $60,000 we spend to have wild animals killed by Fish and Wildlife in Calaveras County. He feels that every time someone complains about any wild animal, several will be killed indiscriminately. Caldwell also feels that ranchers should protect their own livestock, not the taxpayers. Good for you Gary. You are right!!

Fox complaint in Angels Camp

   June 22, 2013:  A resident on Live Oak complained to the Sheriff that a fox chased a dog up onto their deck. The resident wants the den nearby to be removed by ag department.
     Does that mean they will kill all the little foxes? When you call and complain, another murder takes place.

Traffic Hazard in Valley Springs

June 23, 2013: A traffic hazard was reported to CHP at 8:51 AM at Hogan Dam Rd and Hwy 26 in Valley Springs. It is not clear what the hazard is yet, so be cautious in that area.

Clouds moving into Calaveras County

June 23, 2013: Clouds will continue to move in to Calaveras County and the rest of the Mother Lode area today, with the possibility of rain later on today and for Monday and Tuesday.

Traffic Hazard in Wallace

   June 23, 2013:  At 7:25 AM a traffic hazard was reported on Hwy 12 at Comanche Parkway.  It isn't yet clear exactly what the hazard is, but use extra caution if driving in that area.

Carstens Fire now 90% contained

     June 23, 2013: A neglected campfire led to the 1600 acre Carstens Fire in the Mariposa area. It is now 90% contained.

Nancy Pelosi Gets Boos from crowd!

While speaking to a Progressive Conference in San Jose on Saturday, Nancy Pelosi started talking about Edward Snowden breaking the law and the crowd was not happy. The FOOS were overwhelming, even though she tried to talk over them.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Judge Nelson bars experts from voice analysis

      In a written ruling, the judge in the George Zimmerman murder case has ruled that expert testimony in the voice analysis will be barred from the courtroom.
     She will, however will allow the tape to be played and family members to testify as to who is screaming on the tape.

West Fork Complex Fire in Colorado

    Three wildfires burning in the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests are still completely out of control in the Southwest of Colorado and have burned a total of 53,544 acres.

Fireball Crash at Ohio Airshow

     The pilot and a wing walker were killed in a fiery crash during an airshow in Ohio today. The wing-walker was a woman.

Accident with major injuries in Jackson

June 22, 2013 at 4:05 PM:  A  traffic  accident with major injuries has occurred on Clinton Road in Jackson. An ambulance has been dispatched to the scene.
    Use caution if driving in that area.

Fire in Vallecito--Now under control

June 22, 2012 at 2:34 PM:  A fire has been reported on Parrotts Ferry and  Moaning Cave Rd in Vallecito.  No other details are known at this time.

Friday, June 21, 2013

22 cents an hour wages?

   Is it really true that Goodwill Industries whose management makes 6 figure salaries only pays its disabled workers 22 cents an hour. That's what we heard today.

Traffic Accident at Hwy 12 and Hwy 49

   June 21, 2013:  A traffic accident at Hwy 12 and Hwy 49 caused minor injuries a little after 4 PM in San Andreas.  No other details are available at this time.

Food Network issues statement

   The Food Network has issued a statement saying it will not renew the contract for Paula Deen, who has been embroiled in controversy over the last several days.

   She admitted to using racial slurs in the past and failed to show up for a scheduled interview on TODAY Friday.

Possibility of Rain on Monday and Tuesday

  June 21, 2013: The weather bureau is predicting rain for Calaveras County beginning late Sunday night and continuing Monday and Tuesday.

   That would be a luxury, as it would give the forest and grasslands a little more moisture as we approach the July 4 weekend.

Calaveras County Water District meeting

  On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9 AM the Calaveras County Water District meets in their Board room in San Andreas.

Do Not Leave Pets inside Cars!

   Calaveras Animal Services reminds everyone that on these warm summer days, your pet can die if left in an automobile, even for just a few minutes.

OP-ED--District 5 is doing the smart thing-changing Supervisors

   Rancho Calaveras, otherwise known as District 5 is a very smart group of voters. They

Update of Collision on Obyrnes Ferry Rd in Copperopolis

   According to CHP on June 20, 2013 Nickolas Riviore (25) of Copperopolis was driving his

CHP report for Motorcycle Accident

     On June 14, 2013 CHP reports that David J. Gatt, (68) of Discovery Bay was riding his 2008 Victory motorcycle 

Status on Colorado Fires

   June 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM:  The Bull Gulch Fire near Canon City, Colorado, is 150 acres and

Judge Nelson says "Don't rush me..."

  June 21, 2013 at 8AM:   Court in the George Zimmerman murder case was already

George Zimmerman murder case/Pretrial rulings

    June 21, 2013:  Two rulings have already been made by the judge in the George Zimmerman

Traffic Hazard in Vallecito

  June 21,2013 at 6 AM:  A traffic hazard has been reported on Hwy 4 at the Vallecito Bypass Rd in Vallecito.

    It isn't yet clear what the hazard is. Be extra cautious in that area until CHP clears.

Five white women and one hispanic woman on jury

   The George Zimmerman murder trial in Florida will be decided by a jury of  five white women and 1 Hispanic woman.

More inmates being released on the public

  It was announced late yesterday that another 9000 inmates have been ordered by the courts to be released from California prisons.

   Many are sex offenders, who failed to register where they lived in the past. Others are non-violent criminals, thieves, druggies, etc.


Art Wine and Jazz on the Square

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fire Reported on PInto Drive

  June 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM:  A fire has been reported on Pinto Drive off Appaloosa just west of Angels Camp. No other details are known at this time.

Who's NOT sitting by Supervisor Spellman?

   Everyone has noticed that Cliff Edson and Chris Wright have switched places at the Board of Supervisors budget hearings.

   It's not surprising. It has happened before and it will happen again that the switcheroo is on at that position.


Traffic Accident in Murphys

  June 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM:  A traffic accident occurred at Hwy 4 and Main Street in front of the Fire Station in Murphys. No injuries were reported.

   CHP is enroute. Use extra caution in that area until cleared.

Fire Training Live Burn

   CalFire reports that they will be conducting a live fire training session for three days in Jamestown and Groveland on June 25 through June 28, 2013.

   Smoke will be visible thoughout the Tuolumne County area.

George Raymond "Ray" Stepp

       Ray was born February 23, 1921 in Hendersonville, North Carolina to

Calaveras County Water District Holding Two more rate increase meetings

   CCWD will be holding another rate increase meeting in Copperopolis this time.

More Fires in Colorado, Arizona and California

   Two more fires in Colorado are threatening homes, and in Arizona a fire is dangerously

House GOP totally embarrassed as Farm Bill Fails

   62 Republicans joined with 172 Democrats to defest the $940 Billion Farm Bill, completely surprising and embarrassing John Boehner and the rest of the House of Representatives leadership.

   It had been made public that part of the bill cut Food Stamps, but increased the subsidies (welfare) to the big farmers.

All woman jury in George Zimmerman trial

 A panel of 6 women were chosen to sit and hear the George Zimmerman murder trial in Florida. 2 men were picked along with 2 women to be alternates.

DOW drops 350

   June 20, 2013:  Stocks fell more than 350 points today, as traders worried that the Fed could throttle back on easy money policies.

Could be a win for the prosecution...Trayvon Martin murder

  The pretrial hearing of whether to allow voice recognition into the courtroom for the jury came to a head today, as the prosecution recalled a witness in voice

Traffic Hazard in Valley Springs

  June 20, 2013 at 2 PM:   A traffic hazard was reported at Hwy 26 and Silver Rapids Rd in Valley Springs (Rancho Calaveras)

  No other details are available. CHP is enroute to the scene

Traffic Collision in Copperopolis

  June 20, 2013 at 12:25 PM:   A traffic collision occurred at Obyrnes Ferry Rd and Copper Cove Ct just after 12 PM. An ambulance was dispatched due to injuries.

   Use extra caution in that area.

George Zimmerman Murder trial-GUNS

   The 40 jurors that have been selected among the hundreds originally brought in are being asked

Arrest for alleged loaded Firearms in Valley Springs

   On June 18, 2013 Raymundo Deniz Lomeli (46) of Valley Springs was arrested on

Arrest in Mountain Ranch

   On June 18, 2013 Zanko James Hildebrandt (42), of Mountain Ranch was arrested on Doster Rd for alleged Obstruction or Resisting an Officer, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Battery Against a Peace officer, all felonies, and for Obstruction of a Public Officer, Controlled Substance Paraphernalia, being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance and Disorderly Conduct/ under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol, misdemeanors.

   Hildebrandt was booked into the Calaveras County Jail by Calaveras Sheriff's Deputies.


James Gandolfini dies

  When once asked what he would say when greeted at the gates of heaven, James Gandolfini replied "Take over, will you. I'll be right back."

   He died yesterday while on a trip in Italy. He was 51 years old and died of cardiac arrest. He was scheduled to begin a new series on HBO this fall.

   Known best for his starring role as Tony Soprano in the HBO series Soprano's, he was raised speaking Italian in New Jersey and was perfect for the role.

   He leaves a 13 year old son from his first wife and a 10 month old daughter from his 2nd wife.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Unofficially Kate is on leave

   Did you know that in England women are guaranteed 52 weeks of maternity leave, 39 of them paid?

   While the duchess of Cambridge the  is not needing leave officially, she is now off the grid of the press and will be getting some rest before the baby is born. She and William both say they don't know the sex of the baby.

George Zimmer gets fired

   The Men's Wearhouse spokesman and executive chairman for many years, George Zimmer, was fired, and shares in the company took a dive today.

   He was famous for saying "You're going to like the way you look. I guarantee it" in their commercials.  Zimmer founded the company 40 years ago. No reason was given for the termination/

Gruesome stabbing and mutilation in Redding, Father and Son

   Authorities in Redding are investigating an apparent stabbing after finding a Father and Son bleeding in the driveway of their home.

   The sons hands were reportedly lying alongside him in the driveway, cut off with a radial saw.

   After an apparent argument the son is suspected of stabbing his father multiple times and then cutting off his hands with ag.w

Mokelumne Hill 4th of July Parade

Photo courtesy Mokelumne
Hill HIstorical society
   On Thursday, July 4, 2013 Mokelumne Hill will hold its annual 4th of July Parade and

    It begins with the Pancake Breakfast at 7 M, then the Parade at 11 with games for children to follow

Calaveras Board of Supervisors meets June 25, 2013

     The next meeting of the Calaveras Board of Supervisors is June 25, 2013 at 8 AM.  The first item

Calaveras County Water District rate Increase meeting Part 1 of 10

   June 10, 2013:   As most everyone now knows, CCWD held a public meeting at Independence Hall

Chamber of Commerce MIxer

   The Calaveras Chamber of Commerce is announcing that their monthly chamber mixer will be held next week at Rabobank in Angels Camp on June 27, 2013 at 5:30 PM.

   The bank is located across the street from Froggy's. All local business people are invited to attend.

   The Valley Springs Area Business Association together with the Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Mixer at the Mail Depot near the 4 way stop in Valley Springs at 5 PM on Friday, June 28, 2013.

Fire in Benicia contained

   June 18, 2013:  The California Fire off Lake Herman Rd, west of Hwy 680 in Benicia is now 100% contained at 124 acres.

Dump Truck vs sedan in Sonora area

   UPDATE:  June 19, 2013:  We've received information that major injuries have resulted in at least one fatality in this accident.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Music in the Parks comes to San Andreas

    July 3, 2013 from 6:30 to 8 PM Music in the Parks, presented by the Calaveras Arts Council, will present Grover Anderson.

Fire on Hwy 12

  June 18, 2013 at 3 PM: A brush fire at Hwy 12 and theTower Park Bridge near Stockton, has escalated, causing closure of Hwy 12 for at least a couple of hours, while emergency crews try to put our the fire.


What was cause of Carstens Fire?

The Carstens Fire in Mariposa County is now at 1600 acres and is only 15% contained. They did discover the cause. It was an

Jeep recalls 2.5 million cherokees

   The nation's highway safety watchdog says that over a decade of Jeep vehicles can catch fire if they are rear-ended.

   Chrysler is expected to advise the NHTSA that it will recall them, after a not-so pleasant legal battle.

Hundreds of bear paws found smuggled into China

Horrifying that humans torture and
kill animals for such sickening
    This disgusting photo is one of the many taken when the Chinese government caught two Russians who were smuggling the paws

"..political hell to pay"

   Vice President Joe Biden warned lawmakers today that those who opposed earlier gun legislation of

Here we go "Loopty Lew"

   That was a nickname given tot eh top finance official in the federal government because of his series of loops signature compared to the white icing atop a Hostess cupcake.

   The penmanship gurus can relax. Jack Lew has straightened out his signature, so it won't be made fun of when he signs the money.

Letter to the Editor .....About Republicans and Womens rights

   Dear Editor:

   Women of America, Heads UP!!  The Republicans in the House of Representative keep writing

Fed Ex truck down embankment

   June 18, 2013:  A Fed Ex truck ran off the road and down an embankment at Hwy 4 and Roberts Rd in Stockton. CHP is at the scene.

Personal Fire Protection Insurance

   Did you see HLN this morning were discussing how many homes were lost in the Black Forest Fire in Colorado, and apparently many feel there was not enough fire protection.

   Apparently many are turning to insurance companies, who are interested in saving

Carstens Fire at 1600 acres

   June 18, 2013 at 7 AM:  The Fire in Mariposa County off Carstens road east of Hwy 140 in the Midpines area is now 1600 acres and only 15% contained.

   Nearly 800 residences are threatened and evacuations are in place for Hites Cove, Jerseydale, Clarks Valley, Triangle Rd and Scott Rd. in addition to Lush Meadows, East West Fall Road at Triangle Rd to Triangle Park Drive, Darrah Rd to North Valley View.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 2237 fire personnel are now assigned along with 143 engines, 21 dozers and 4 water tenders.

Comcast Cable Outage in Ebbetts Pass

   We got many complaints about the 2 hour plus Comcast Cable TV outage on the evening of June 17, 2013. We aren't yet sure what the cause was. If we are told, we will let you know.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Two Calaveras Deputies Sworn in today

   The Sheriff sent a press release out that he swore in 2 new deputies; that there will be four in all

Carstens Fire calls for more help

    The Carstens Fire in the Sierra National Forest in Mariposa County, has grown to 900 acres and is only 15% contained. 150 residences are currently threatened.

   We just spoke with someone in Ebbetts Pass who said that their husband has been sent to that fire. The cause is not yet know.

Word of the Day......or actually two " Hot Dog"

   What is the official meaning of a Hot Dog. According to the Assembly Health Committee it is defined as a "whoe, cured, cooked sausage that is skinless or stuffed in a casing that may be known as a frankfurter, frank, furter, wiener, red hot, vienna, bologna, garlic bologna or knockwurt and that it may be served in a bun or roll."

   Some vendors buy raw hot dogs such as bratwurst. They have to have a stricter health food standard than a standard cooked hot dog that is just reheated.

200 gun dealers in Sacramento area

   There are a growing number of gun dealers in the Sacramento area, around 200 and counting.

   In 2012 a total of 74,000 firearms were sold at these stores. That is roughly 20,000 more than in 2011.

   Everytime there is a horrific mass shooting anywhere in the countly, the NRA uses it as an advertising gimmick to sell more guns. Amazing how stupid some people really are!!

OP-ED........The Only cop who would...

   The only cop who would support, defend or protect a BAD COP is another bad cop!!!

Santa Monica gunman had stockpile of ammunition

   John Zawahri's stockpile of 1300 bullets shows the need for legislation to restrict ammunition purcheses, say several California lawmakers.

Alex's father is in jail

    Did you know that 1 of every 28 children in America has a parent behind bars?  Well, Sesame Street did and now they've added a Muppet named Alex to their cast.

   That number is higher that those children who have a parent in the military deployed to a foreign country.  Alex is the first Muppet to have a dad in jail.

Where is Jimmy Hoffa?

   The search for Jimmy HOffa has stretched far a wide for nearly 40 years.  Now Federal agents are digging in a field 30 miles north of Detroit in hopes of solving the mystery of his disappearance.

   A former mafia underboss told authorities that Hoffa was buring there. They keep looking.

The FBI's 10 most wanted is more like....

   What was originally the FBI's Ten Most Wanted alleged criminals, is now the 500 most wanted.

Arizona profiling law shut down by Supreme Court

   The Supreme Court struck down the Arizone law that requires people to submit proof

Wildlife movie free in Sacramento

  We haven't heard about anything closer yet, but someone just told us that the Natural Resources Defense Council's new film Wild Things,

US Wildlife spends over $100 million to trap and poison wildlife

   You know how the Sierra Sentinel feels about wildlife. The wild animals have as much right to live on this earth as do the human animals who dominate it.

   The Natural Resources Defense Council has a trailer to a video of how some ranchers in the US agree that the wildlife plays an important part in our ecosystem and want to end the torturing of wolves, bears and mountain lions. There are other ways to protect their herds.

   Go to their website and take a look at the trailer, which is part of a movie that is cirulating around the county about our government's, (including Calaveras County taxpayers) gladly paying the Wildlife Services agency to kill any bear, mountain lion or other predator if a rancher rings his bell. And they do RING THEIR BELLS!!

   Read about it for yourself. Click on the Wild Things trailer on their website.

Towing the Party LIne???

   In California we all know that if you tow the party line; only preach to the choir,

Some Bear Acitvity in Ebbetts Pass

We've had reports from different areas of Ebbetts Pass that there are some bears roaming

Black Honda Hits Deer, shatters Windshield

   A call from the area of Hwy 88 and Raven Rd in Thirteen Curves about hitting a deer near Sierra Home Furnishings in Pioneer.  G;ass is all over the roadway.

    They said the deer was injured and they don't know where it is now.   CHP is enroute to the location.  Use extra caution in that area.


Two fires in Tuolumne County

    A fire caused by a boat trailer wheel bearing caused about 3 acres of vegetation to burn and a

Children cause Fire in Burson on Father's Day

   CalFire reports that a fire broke out a Sugarloaf Campground in Burson on July 16, 2013 around 12:30 PM.

   Several units responded and the fire, which was caused by children playing with matches, was contained to about 20; x 20  of vegetation.

Helen Kelly of Mountain Ranch

   Helen Kelly of Mountain Ranch passed away on June 13, 2013 in Mountain Ranch.

  She was born in Teegarden, Indiana on April 29, 1052

Calaveras Supervisors continue budget hearings-Department heads have "delusions of grandeur"?

   On Tuesday June 18, 2013 at 9 AM Budget headings will continue for Calaveras County Supervisors in the Board Chambers in San Andreas.

Daves Fires in Mendocino National Forest contained

June 17, 2013:  The Daves Fire in the Mendocino National Forest is now 100% contained at 226 acres. This was located 15 miles NW od Elk Creek off County Rd 306 and was lightning caused.

Madera area fires update

     June 17, 2013:  There were two fires that started over the weekend in the Madera and Mariposa areas that we can update.

Black Forest Fire at 65% containment

   June 17, 2012:     After nearly 500 structures, mostly homes,were destroyed, the Black Forest Fire is now 65% contained.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

CHP at scene of accident in Copperopolis

      June 16, 2013 at 6:55 PM:  Obyrnes Ferry Rd was closed due to an accident near Hwy 4 in Copperopolis.

   A Toyota Camry went up an embankment. A tow truck was called. Use extra caution in that area.


We know you were waiting to hear....

   With bated breath everyone has been waiting to hear about Kanye West and Kim Kardashians new baby girl, born yesterday.

  Will the name begin with a KKKKKK?

Hope you're having a wonderful Father's Day

Black Forest fire at 55% containment

   June 16, 2013: After some surprise showers and  great strides by the firefighters, the Black Forest Fire is now at 55 containment.

   Many residents were allowed to return to see what is left of what was once their homes today, after the devastating wildfire cut a lethal path through the Black Forest.

"Holy Rollers" get blessed by Pope

   Culture of a biker kind came to the Vatican on sunday and Pope Francis blessed thousands of the Harley Davidsons and their riders.

   The "holy rollers" are celebrating the manufacturer's 110th anniversay with loud parades and plenty of leather.

"Man of Steel" takes box office with $125 million

   "Man of Steel", the darker, more violent Superman had a very successful opening weekend, with $125 million in this Father's Day Weekend.

Tea Party people come in "shorts"!

   Is it true that when Tea Party people come to the Calaveras Board of Supervisors that they come in "shorts"?  Or is that they come up "short"?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

How'd this get in here? Reallly!!

Who is that on top, anyway? Look familiar?a

Firefighters gain some on Black Forest Fire

photo courtest usfs
  June 15, 2013:  In Colorado, this is what many face; a wall of flames more terrifying than you can

Traffic Accident in Valley Springs

June 15, 2013:   A traffic accident occurred at Spyglass Ct and Oakridge Ct. in Valley Springs aroung 5:09 PM.

   CHP is enroute to the scene. No injuries were reported.  Use caution if driving in that area.

Direct TV doesn't show much heart

   Apparently Jeremy Beach called his Direct TV customer service representative and was not given that warm and fuzzy feeling.

Brush Fire near Don Pedro

   A brush fire was reported at 11:56 AM near the intersection of Hwy 59 and Hwy 108 not far from Don Pedro.

   CalFire has been dispatched to the scene. When we get more information we will let you know.

Iran says goodbye to Ahmadinejad

   Looks like we won't have Ahmadinejad to kick around anymore (teehee). 

Not so bright Teens leave evidence behind

   A group of less than average IQ teens stole a credit card and treated themselves to a movie last Wednesday.

   The problem for them may be that they left behind a strip of photo booth pics with them holding the stolen credit card.

   This bunch is probably not headed for Stanford University.

Crash in front of Jamestown Frosty

  June 15, 2013:  A tan sedan and a white pickup crashed in front of the Frosty in Jamestown at 10:43 AM.  No injuries were reported.

  This is at Rawhide and Hwy 108 in Jamestown.  An ambulance was dispatched due to an apparently unrelated incident of someone passed out in the parking lot of the Frosty. Two CHP at at the scene.

Clinton Fire in Fresno County contained

  June 15, 2013:   The Clinton Fire at Clinton and Highland, east of Fresno, is now 100% contained at 108 acres. The cause is undetermined at this point.

Black Forest Fire in Colorado Update

  June 15, 2013:  The Black Forest Fire in Colorado is not 30% contained at 15,500 acres.  The cause

Traffic Collision on Hwy 4 in Copperopolis

   A traffic collision occurred around 6:50 AM on June 15, 2013 on Hwy 4 near Telegraph Rd. No injuries have been reported.

   CHP is enroute to the scene.

Calaveras County Water District Rate Increase meeting Part 2

  June 10, 2013:  Part 2   The power-point presentation could only be seen by people in the front row and many complained.

Calaveras County Water District rate increase meeting.. Part 3

   June 10, 2013:   One person reminded the Board about lawsuits they got tied up with and lost,

Calaveras County Water District rate increase meeting Part 5

   Part 5 June 10, 2013:  One resident asked about the Proposition 218, that requires them to allow

Calaveras County Water District rate increase meeting June 10, 2013

   Part 6, June 10, 2013:  One person in Fly-In Acres and asked if they get to vote in this rate increase

Calaveras County Water District rate increase meeting June 10, 2013

  Part 7  June 10, 2013:  Mr. Puccio is very knowledgeable and asks very intelligent questions that the

Calaveras County Water District rate increase meeting Part 8

   Part 8:  June 10, 2013:  What is going on that CCWD people come in and out of Forest Meadows

Calaveras County Water District rate increase meeting June 10, 2013

  Part 9 June 10, 2013:     One lady commented that they will need something like 6,000 negative letters

Calaveras County Water District rate increase meeting Part 10

   June 10, 2013 Part 10:  He just said that the information has been out there. That simply isn't true!

Royal Gorge Fire in Colorado

   June 14, 2013 @  6 AM:  The Royal Gorge Fire in Fremont County, Colorado is now 65% contained at 3218 acres, as they begin to get hold of the spread of the fire.

   Some residents have been allowed to return to their homes.

Horses running in roadway in Pioneer

  June 15, 2013:   Use caution if traveling in the Red Corral Road area of Pioneer this morning as horses have been reported at 6:04 AM running in the roadway at Red Corral and Bobbie Lane.

   Chp is enroute and animal control has been called.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Colorado Wildfires Update June 14, 2013

Royal Gorge Fire photo
courtesy USFS
   The most devastating fire in the country right now is the Black Forest Fire,

Hathaway Fire in San Berardino County still growing

   June 14, 2013 at 7 PM:  The Hathaway Fire in San Berardino County is now 45% contained but has grown to 3596 acres in heavy chaparral and timber which has been impacted by draought and bug kill.

   This is in a steep and remote area which is difficult to access.

High Praise for Senator Joe Manchin--NRA news

    Senator Joe Manchin-D, of West Virginia has made public his feelings about the NRA.

Motorcycle Accident on Hwy 4 in Douglas Flat

     UPDATE:  4:15 PM the Air Med helicopter landed at Chalcedon church there on Hwy 4 to fly the

Two Men arrested in Valley Springs

   On June 13, 2013 Thomas Charles Jones, (23) of Citrus Heights was arrested on Sequoia in Valley

Union Public Utility District meeting

   The Union Public Utility District Board of Directors is meeting on Wednesday June 19, 2013 at 7 PM

Tree falls across roadway near Salt Springs

     June 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM:  CHP is enroute to Rock Creek and Salt Springs Rds where a large pine tree has fallen across the roadway, just west of the campground.

   Use extra caution if driving  in that area.

California Budget $96.3 billion for 2013-14

  Although most, if not all, Republicans in the State legislature voted against it, the 2013-14 budget was approved  for $96.3 billion.

National Flood Insurance Program broke

    Calaveras County still struggles to accept what the Calaveras County Supervisors Callaway and

Tim Russert died 5 years ago June 13, 2013

   The shocking news 5 years ago on June 13, 2008 was that Tim Russert, popular host of Meet the Press had suddenly died of a heart attack while at work.

   Hard to believe its been 5 years.  His son Luke now works for NBC as a reporter and sometimes fills in for Chuck Todd's morning news show.

Rear-end Traffic Collision at Hwy 4 and Hwy 49

   June 14, 2013:  A rear-end traffic collision was reported to CHP at 11:21 AM at the intersection of Hwy 4 and Hwy 49 in Angels Camp.

   CHP is enroute to the scene. No injuries were reported. Use caution in that area.

Oh, No! Here we go again!

   Now the Obama administration says they believe the Syrian regime is using chemical weapons

Bret Harte Football Schedule 2013 Coming Soon

Two California Cities Among Top Ten in Violent Crime

   Two cities in Callifornia made the top ten list for the most violent crime, according to the FBI.

   Oakland was number three in the nation and Stockton was number 6. Not something to be pround of.  Of course, poverty and high unemployment are considered the major causes.

Amador Fire Protection District Board meets

  The Amador Fire Protection District Board will meet on June 18, 2013 at 11 AM in the Board Chambers at 810 Court Street in Jackson.

PFE Fire in Placer County

   A fire that started on June 13, 2013 around 11:28 AM burned 237 acres at PFI Road and Watt Avenue in West Roseville. Fortunately, it was 100% contained at 2:15 PM.

   That is how fast fire can move in this dry windy weather. Be extra cautious.

We hear that Emken has filed to run

   We heard that Republican Elizabeth Emken is the first to have filed papers to run against Democrat Ami Bera in the 2014 Congressional election.

Disturbances in Calaveras County on June 12, 2013

/l kj0 az 7  Dirt bike riders were reported to the Calaveras Sheriff on June 12, 2013 for disturbing

Burglaries and thefts reported in Calaveras County June 12, 2013

    A burglary was reported to the Calaveras Sheriff on June 12, 2013 on Higdon Road in West Point.

Traffic Accident on St. Charles in San Andreas

     June 14, 2013:   Country Cliff's Diner called CHP  at 8:24AM to inform them that a Toyota CRV and a pickup were in a traffic collision as one was leaving their parking lot on St. Charles Street in San Andreas.

   Apparently no injuries were reported. Use extra caution in that area.


Letter to the Editor.....About Racism and basketball

   Dear Editor:

   I had to write tonight after watching the NBA game. It wasn't the game that stood out in everyones

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fire on Jackson Valley Rd in Ione

   At around 7:30 PM a fire was reported near Jackson Valley Road and Buena Vista Rd in Ione. We'll give more information as we receive it.

Colorado wildfires still raging

   With the Black Forest Fire in Colorado now at 18,000 acres and only 5 % contained, officials say this is the worst fire in Colorado history. 

   Two people are now confirmed to have died in the fire. Evacuations are some 93,000 acres, affecting nearly 38,000 people. Some have been lucky to get out with only their animals with them.

The latest fire information brought to you by...

Thank you Arnold Building Supply

Penny Snyder of San Andreas

   Penny Snyder, of San Andreas, passed away on June 1, 2013 at home.  Penny was 69.

    Penny was born July 4, 1943 in Turlock and graduated from

Did you see the insane racist rant?

   Two poor lowly paid employees at a Dunkin Donuts in Florida were insulted, demeaned, racially tormented by a crazy woman who video taped the entire incident (high IQ, too, right?)

   Like all racists, she made a total fool of herself and made the two employees look good. Dunkin Donuts is rewarding them and there's an online cash collection for the two.

Fire on Hwy 4 at Poole Station

   June 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM:  CalFire is onscene at a fire on Hwy 4 near Poole Station road.  They may have to close down Hwy 4 to give access to fire engines, etc.

Bill for Adult Day Care Dies

   A bill that would have re-instated day care for physically or mentally disabled adults

Stockton raising sales tax?

  Voters in Stockton will vote in November whether to increase their sales tax by half a percent. This was part of the restructuring agreement the City made with creditors.

Census shows minorites half under 5

   The most recent census taken by the government shows that for the first time, America's racial and ethnic minorities now make up about half of the under-5 age group.

   This is a historic shift shat shows how young people are at the forefront of sweeping changes by race and class.

Chimps may be endangered.

   The US Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed adding captive chimpanzees to the Endangered Species List.

   They say that would severely limit how the animals coulod be used in medical research.


Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie share stage

   In Chicago, the 2016 presidential campaign could begin today, with two of the top potential contenders - Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie - sharing co-billing at the high-profile Clinton Global Initiative "America Meeting."

Duchess of Cambridge, christened a new ship

   Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge won't be seen for awhile. She christened a new ship yesterday in her last solo appearance before she and Williams' baby is born next month.

Colorado residents horrified by another devastating fire

It's no wonder residents in Colorado are terrified. This photo
is courtesy of Getty.
   The Black Forest fire near Colorado Springs remains at 0% contained today, June 13, 2013. More than 360 homes have been destroyed as of 11:25 AM.

Vehicle Fire at Sierra Pacific Industries

   CalFire responded to a loader on fire which was moving wood chips at the Sierra Pacific Industries mill in Chinese Camp on June 12, 2013.

   The cause was not known, but the damage to the loader was $20,000.

Royal Gorge Fire in Colorado

   We received a message that the wildlife at the Royal Gorge are being fed and watered by the State Veterinarian.   Livestock have been evacuated to another area.

   As of 9:30 AM June 13, 2013 the Royal Gorge Fire has destroyed 3,162 acres and is 20%

Roadrunner Fire in Amador County

  A fire in Amador County, called the Roadrunner Fire, that was reported at around 4:45 PM on June 12, 2013 was declared 100% contained at 9:45 AM June 13, 2013.

  This fire was on Roadrunner Drive, south of Ione and burned 96 acreas altogether. The cause of the fire is not available at this time.

All Burning is suspended due to fire danger

   CalFire is reminding everyone that all burning is suspended due to the fire danger in Northern California.

Vegetation Fire in West Point

   On June 12, 2013 at around 6 AM CalFire responded to an escaped debris burn on the 100 Block of Snead Rd in West Point.

   1/2 acre of grass and vegetation burned before it was extinguished.

Escape Debris burn in Mountain Ranch

   CalFire responded to an escaped debris burn in Mountain Ranch on June 12, 2013 at around 8 PM on 10000 Sheep Ranch Road.

   About 1 1/2 acres of grass and brush were burned before it was extinguished. The estimated dollar value was $300.  Fire personnel remained at the scene until after midnight.


Fire in Madera County somewhat contained

    June 13, 2013 at 7:15 AM:  CalFire reports that the fire named the Revis Fire in Madera County that was reported on June 12, 2013 about 4:45 PM has now stopped spreading forward.

   Officially listed with 100 acres burned and 60% containment, this one is located off Revis Road and YOsemite Springs Parkway in the Yosemite Lake Parks area in Coarsegold.

Did the Rams know 49er plays?

   After hiring away one of the St. Louis Rams players this year, the SF 49ers learned a few things.

Letter to the Editor: About Guns and Shooting Innocent animals

   Dear Sierra Sentinel:

   Yesterday morning I noticed a blue jay who seemed to be injured. I picked it up and took in inside

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

So much for the Calaveras County Taxpayers Association

   What a shock!!  Al Segalla and his few followers of the Calaveras County Taxpayers Assn, want

Calaveras Supervisors get $2000 computers?

  What is going on? A member of the public mentioned heartburn when he learned that a Supervisor got a $2000 computer on our tax money. 

   When we asked, we were told that it was Supervisor Callaway who got  the present from us. Do they all get new computers?

Frog Hollow's Truck was located by the Ukiah office of the CHP

   June 12, 2013:  One suspect is in custody after the Ukiah CHP located the missing Frog Hollow truck, stolen on June 10, 2013. No other details are available at this time.


Grass Fire at Camanche

  June 12, 2013:   At 5:20 P we  received information that CalFire is battling a grass fire of about 3 acres on the Amador County side of Camanche Reservoir.

Royal Gorge Fire in Colorado 0% contained

   While there are several fires burning in Colorado at this time, the Royal Gorge fire is considered 0% contained and is 3800 acres as of noon today, June 12, 2013. Evacuations are in effect in entire area.

   The cause is still under investigation. No injuries have been reported.  We spoke to a resident in Denver. They said it feels like all of Colorado is burning.  They had the same problem last year. Californians know how they feel.

Hathaway Fire in San Bernardino National Forest

  We got an update on the Hathaway Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest at 2:55 PM. So far the fire has burned 2,850 acres and is 30% contained.

Fire on Hwy 41 at Yosemite Springs Rd

   A fire was reported at 2:55 PM at Hwy 41 and Yosemite Springs Parkway in Madera County. CalFire is enroute to that location.

Mayor Eric Garcetti Will Remember the Unions

  Eric Garcetti is the newly elected mayor of Los Angeles. One of the first things he needs to do is lead contract negotiations with unions of more than 29,000 city employees.

   It could get interesting since he will remember the $2.7 million they spent trying to defeat him! The payback is ****.

Oldest Official Man Dies at 116

   Jiroemon Kimura of Japan was the oldest man on record. He died today while being treated for pneumonia at 116.

Besides Retro Rock in Beautiful Mountain Ranch Community Park

   Rock and Roll comes to Mountain Ranch June 26, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM in the Mountain
Ranch Community Park, when Besides plays for Music in the Parks.

Kanye Denies Cheating

   After a woman from Canada claimed she had an affair with Kanye West, Kanye insists she is just trying to get publicity.

   Kim Kardashian is expecting their baby this summer.

Use Caution on Hwy 4 in Copper

   June 12, 2013 at 1:03PM:  An accident has occurred at Hwy 4 and Horseshoe Lane. No injuries were reported.

   CHP is enroute.

Congressional District 07 primary crowded with Republicans

   Ami Bera (D), who took Congressional District 07 away from Dan Lungren,

Yes, we have no bananas....

   A shipment of bananas from South America was opened in a Danish supermarket and were they surprised.

   Instead of bananas, like the box was marked, was 220 lbs (100 kilos) of what police there believe is cocaine.  Columbian drug traffikers made a big boo-boo, it seems.

Cigarettes are medicine in UK

   The UK plans to regulate all nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, as medicines. Very interesting.

   The US should do that. Then smokers, chewers, etc. would officially be druggies?

Francis Gerard Oneto...Cattle Rancher

      Francis Gerard Oneto passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2013 in San Andreas